'I am closer to this place'-Space, place and notions of home in lived experiences of hospice day care

Andrew Moore*, Bernie Carter, Anne Hunt, Kay Sheikh

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Abstract

In the United Kingdom hospice day care services are the fastest growing yet least researched of the palliative care services. Using photo-elicitation interviews with 11 day care patients attending a specialist hospice day care setting we explored their experiences of the hospice as a place and how these changed over time.Informed by concepts from existential and humanistic geography we propose three existential modes of being - Drifting, Sheltering and Venturing - which characterize the patients' lived experiences of the hospice. Our phenomenological analysis shows that the hospice is (re)constructed purposefully to achieve a sense of 'home' and 'homelikeness', creating an important therapeutic landscape for patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-158
Number of pages8
JournalHealth and Place
Volume19
Issue number1
Early online date26 Nov 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013

Keywords

  • Home
  • Homelikeness
  • Hospice
  • Space/place
  • Therapeutic landscapes
  • UK

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